god's omnipresence

What does it mean to say that God is “omnipresent”?

om·ni·pres·ent

[om-nuh-prez-uhnt]  

adjective

present everywhere at the same time: the omnipresent God.

First off the word “omnipresent” is not found in the bible, but the concept is. Let’s look at a couple of verses.

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:7-10 

 

The psalmist is venting off his adoration of God in this psalm by revealing the fact that God is everywhere. No matter where we go, he is there. This can be a very comforting thought. Even in the midst of what can seem like hell on earth, God is still there. This promise assures us that we are never alone and that we are never out of the reach of this glorious God whom we serve.

 

“Should we dig as deep as we can underground, and think to hide ourselves there, we should be mistaken; God knows that path which the vulture’s eye never saw, and to him the earth is all surface. Or it may be understood of the state of the dead. When we are removed out of the sight of all living, yet not out of the sight of the living God; from his eye we cannot hide ourselves in the grave. Or it may be understood of the place of the damned: If I make my bed in hell (an uncomfortable place to make a bed in, where there is no rest day or night, yet thousands will make their bed for ever in those flames), behold, thou art there, in thy power and justice.”

 

Matthew Henry, the great bible commentator, rightly comments on this passage. Not only does the thought of God being everywhere bring great comfort, but it could also bring great fear. Comfort for those who are delivered from God’s wrath through Christ, but fear for those who are separated from God through sin. This is a subject that can be discussed in depth through many passages but we’ll look at just one more. 

 

“Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.”

Jeremiah 23:24

 

This is another great passage that explains the great doctrine of the omnipresence of God. The Lord says that He not only fills heaven, but also the earth. It says that we cannot hide from Him. Let me make a quick application or implication for you. Those things you do in private that you think are ok because nobody sees them are an abomination in the sight of God. Not only does He see when we succumb to those hidden sins, but the scripture teaches us also that He sees our thoughts and the intentions of our hearts. That is a pretty sobering thought. Let me close with a quote from the commentary on this text from John Gill, the beloved bible commentator from the past.

 

 “If a man should hide himself in the most secret and hidden places of the earth, and do his works in the most private manner, so that no human eye can see him, he cannot hide himself or his actions from the Lord, who can see from heaven to earth, and through the darkest and thickest clouds, and into the very bowels of the earth, and the most hidden and secret recesses and caverns of it. The darkness and the light are both alike to him; and also near and distant, open and secret places:”

 

 

 

2 replies
  1. AgnosticAtheist
    AgnosticAtheist says:

    Is God Omnipresent? If so, why doesn’t everybody believe in god?
    If everybody does, why don’t they show it?
    And why isn’t there any evidence?

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    • Sean Tambagahan
      Sean Tambagahan says:

      “Is God omnipresent?” Yes.

      “If so, why doesn’t everybody believe in God?” Because as sinful humans, we would rather not believe we are accountable to God for the way we choose to live our lives, so we suppress the truth in our sin (Romans 1:18).

      “If everybody does, why don’t they show it?” Because we have willingly traded the knowledge of God for other things, and our minds have been darkened, and we have become foolish (Romans 1:21-25).

      “And why isn’t there any evidence?” It’s kind of like a fish asking you to give them evidence that water exists. Denying the evidence, and there not being any evidence, are two different things. There can’t be a painting without a painter. There can’t be a building without a builder. And there can’t be a creation without a creator. Creation itself is evidence to the fact that there is a creator (Romans 1:19-20). An unbeliever can’t find God in the same way a criminal can’t find a policeman, and for the same reason.

      However, though we are all criminals and guilty of breaking God’s law, and we have ALL sinned and rebelled against Him (myself included), He still is willing to forgive and accept us and wash away all our sins. I, too, spent many years running from God, but 7 years ago I made the decision to stop running from Him, and I instead ran to Him. And rather than casting me out like I deserved, He embraced me as a son and forgave me. He’s willing to do the same for you, my friend. Please reconsider, because one day there wont be anymore chances.

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